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  1. He's Dead, Jim!

    September 20, 2014 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    The narrowcasting application I had written in Javascript to run exclusively on Chrome was running smoothly. The single page interface showed a presentation, and was running for hours on end. And then, without notice, it crashed.

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  2. Autocompleting a lot of parameters

    October 11, 2013 - by Pim Elshoff

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    Some methods have many parameters. Sometimes they start out like that, sometimes they grow like that over time. Even though a maximum of two parameters is preferable, configuration for a method that does a big thing is difficult. Take curl for example; curl has a lot of options and so several wrappers around curl have arisen to deal with configuring it in a more humane manner. How can we keep the clutter of many parameters as low as possible, while maintaining autocompletion?

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  3. Module design, part 7: overview

    September 8, 2013 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    This article concludes the series on ProBase module design. It provides an overview of the main parts of the architecture and shows how the previous articles fit in.

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  4. Module design, part 6: Inter-module queries

    August 24, 2013 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    I will now address a tricky part of module separation: database queries that access the data stores of separate modules.

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  5. A Regular Expressions Builder

    August 22, 2013 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    An interesting idea: attack the hardness of regular expressions with the power of fluent interfaces.

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  6. Module design, part 5: Model View Controller - Logic

    August 17, 2013 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    We found that business logic is such an important aspect of an application that it  deserves a special place in the Model View Controller architecture.

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  7. On the importance of an empty whiteboard

    August 15, 2013 - by Michiel de Wit

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    At Procurios HQ we have a 'clean whiteboard' policy. That's not an actual policy, but more of a 'best practice'. When working agile, there is a strong tendency to put stuff on the walls. However, as old habbits die hard, quite some people still tend to use magnetic white board to quickly snap a paper schema, a burn-down chart even a whole scrum board on. And that's a shame. 

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  8. Module design, part 4: Repositories

    August 11, 2013 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    In the first part in this series I mentioned that a business object should not not have a save() function to save itself to the database. It should just have simple getters and setters. This way an object is lightweight and very flexible.

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  9. Module design, part 3: The Index

    August 3, 2013 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    In this part I will explain how ProBase hands a page-request over to the right function.

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  10. Module design, part 2: Dependencies and The API Factory

    June 29, 2013 - by Patrick van Bergen

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    In the first part of this series I handled the module API. I showed that it is a protective shield around the module that keeps it from being bound to other modules. In this part I will put it to work and show how it deals with its dependencies: the other modules on which it depends.

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